Iowa Basketball Preview 2020 – 2021 – Players
The Iowa paint will be under the command of Garza. Last season, he averaged 23.9 PPG and 9.8 RPG. Added to that are 1.8 BPG. He’s the type of player that instantly makes a club a big-time contender. Along with his Big Ten honor, Garza gathered in many more accolades in 2019 – 2020, including First Team All-American, NCAA Center of the Year, and runner up for National Player of the Year. Still, carrying a team into the fray for a national crown is a lot to ask of one player. Joining him will be Nunge. Nunge, who like Garza is also 6-11, played just five games last year. In that short length of time, he averaged 5.0 PPG and 3.8 RPG. The Garza/Nunge combo gives the Hawkeyes a substantial physical presence inside, but it also limits the frontcourt’s mobility. This frontcourt is thin. Freshmen Keegan Murray and Kris Murray and red-shirted freshman Patrick McCaffery may see action off and on.
Our Iowa basketball preview 2020 – 2021 notes that guards Joe Wieskamp and CJ Fredrick and their shooting prowess from beyond the arc are a big factor when it comes to freeing up Garza in the paint. The duo hit 99 threes last year, sinking 39.2% of their attempts. Fredrick had a stellar year from downtown, ranking seventh in three-point percentage. He averaged 10.2 PPG, while Wieskamp was good for 14.0 PPG as well as 6.1 RPG. Point guard Jordan Bohannon starts at the third and final guard spot. Bohannon is a fine scorer and playmaker. If he stays healthy, this will be a fine offensive backcourt. Last season, in 10 games, Bohannon averaged 8.8 PPG and 3.3 APG. We can also expect to see sophomore Joe Toussaint in the mix. Last year, he scored 6.5 PPG, 2.9 APG, and 2.0 RPG. Also, ready to go is Connor McCaffery, a red-shirted junior who averaged 6.2 PPG, 4.0 RPG, and 4.0 APG. Both Connor and Patrick are coach McCaffery’s sons.
Hawkeyes – Make or Break for 2020-2021
Our Iowa basketball preview 2020 – 2021 finds that last season this team’s transition defense was awful. In this category, the Hawkeyes were ranked 322nd in the country by Synergy as opponents scored 1.080 PPP in transition. In addition, when an opponent shoots, coach McCaffery tends to have his guards break early, which often allows the opponent to grab the rebound and take another shot. Often his focus on offense, limits his team’s defensive effectiveness. It’s a tradeoff that can have devastating effects, especially in the latter part of a game or season when stout D can help slow the game down and limit point production. We don’t see this changing this season, and that means there’s a good chance that this Iowa team will peter out in the last part of the season.
Iowa Basketball Preview 2020 – 2021- Final Word
Garza is one of the best post-up-players in the game. He battles hard inside, establishing position, and pounding the boards. Our Iowa basketball preview 2020 – 2021 notes that the center is a game-changer. And although he has some sound talent around him, there are major concerns about this team when it comes to depth, experience, and defense. It doesn’t help that Iowa is in a very tough conference. Still, as long as Garza can keep pace, this Hawkeye team will be competitive.
Iowa Hawkeyes – 2020-2021 NCAA Projection
Big Ten Finish – Tied for Third
NCAA Tournament Result – Sweet 16